Andrea Figueroa was born in El Paso,Texas to a single mother, and a large and loving extended family. As a young girl, her family moved to San Antonio and it quickly became home. As a young woman, Andy’s extraordinary mother allowed her to dream big, and she had the opportunity to explore her dreams of being a professional musician. She moved to Los Angeles as a young adult, joined a band, and traveled the world. She was able to open for such acts as Garbage and Heather Nova. When she finally returned, she decided it was time to go back to school, and earned a Bachelor’s in Mexican American Studies, a Master’s in Public Administration, and a Certification in Non Profit Management.
Throughout her time in school, Andy saw that she could make a difference in San Antonio, and has been part of planning and/or collaboration for such things as the Annual Women’s March, C.A.U.S.A, as well as other issues close to her heart. In 2013, she became the Program Director for Girl Zone, an empowerment and leadership program for girls on the East Side of San Antonio. During her tenure as Program Director, Girl Zone grew to serve over 300 girls per year. In 2016, she succeeded Joleen Garcia as the new Executive Director of The Martinez Street Women’s Center, and is now working to grow and expand the Center for increased impact. She is a Steering Committee member of Excel Beyond the Bell, a city wide collective impact initiative focused on youth development and out-of-school-time programs, and was recently spotlighted in Out in SA magazine as a celebrated leader. You can find her as a speaker at this year’s Latino Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, or maybe walking down at the Pearl with one of her two rescue dogs.
Thank you Andrea for your hard-work and dedication. You’re truly an inspiration!